On this day in 1847, Felix Mendelssohn passed away at the tender age of 38. We have Mendelssohn to thank for the revival of J. S. Bach’s music in Germany and, eventually, throughout Europe.
Mendelssohn’s grandmother had given him a copy of the manuscript of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Four years later, he arranged and conducted a performance of the work in Berlin.
The rest, shall we say, (thankfully) is history.